NLC India has Scrapped the Auction of 20 MW BESS

Neyvveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India has scrapped the auction of 20 MW solar with battery energy storage system (BESS) that was conducted by it in October 2017.  A fresh tender will be issued with less BESS capacity and the details will be made available soon.

Mahindra Susten, had quoted a project cost of ₹2.988 billion to develop the 20 MW solar project along with the required BESS of 28 MWh. The company quoted ₹1.788 billion as the cost of Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) and ₹1.2 billion as the cost of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the project.

NLC has stated “We have conducted the auction and discovered the L1 bidder, but this does not mean the conclusion of the auction; the contracts haven’t yet been awarded. The NLC will take some time to consider the viability and project feasibility, and then award the BESS contracts.”